LONDON — Twenty-one years after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi made her acceptance speech at last on Saturday during her first tour of Europe since being freed from house arrest.
"When I joined the democracy movement in Burma, it never occurred to me that I might ever be the recipient of any prize or honor. The prize we were working for was a free, secure and just society where our people might be able to realize their full potential," Suu Kyi said in Oslo. "When the Nobel committee chose to honor me, the road I had chosen of my own free will became a less lonely path to follow."
The 66-year-old was greeted with a standing ovation by the glittering crowd in the Norwegian capital's City Hall.
She recalled learning that she had been awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize by hearing news of it on the radio in Myanmar, also known as Burma. With her movements restricted by the country's ruling junta, she was unable to receive the award in person; her now-late husband accepted it on her behalf.